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“i love you uncle miky i aways look for your pickup at mr g win i came to town wath over me always i miss you rilly ...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Nevaeh Cressy - Sioux Falls, SD

“My sympathies to the family. Mickey was a wonderful caring man who will be greatly missed. He loved picking on everyone and loved the little ones. ...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Amy Meinen - Gregory, SD - Friend

“Every single time I would see Mickey around town he would always give me the biggest hug and ask how I was doing. He liked to pick on me and boy did...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Breanna Feyereisen - Gregory, SD

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Mickey was a great guy. He was always happy and always had a SMILE on his face. He will be missed by all. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Beverly Janak - Winner, SD

“Sorry to hear about this ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Allen Songer - Huron, SD

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Gayle Bartling

“Knowing your health was failing, God took you home so you did not have to suffer here on earth. You will be so deeply missed by all. The random phone...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Leon and Lisa Kerner - Gregory, SD

“Thoughts and Prayers to all the family I knew Mickey most of my life, he was a great guy and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Mavis ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Mavis Beckers - Burke, SD

“I feel so fortunate that I got to see Mickey last weekend and talk to him for a bit. Mickey always had a huge grin on his face and left you with a...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Brenda Lane - Sioux Falls, SD

“He was such a sweet person, always would tell everyone hello! I will miss you!! ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Casie - Wahoo, NE - Friend

“We will miss you Mickey,all the times you would pick on me and give me a bad time,like the time I was going in to Tall Paul's,it was chilly and windy...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Paula Hoffman Bendig - Fremont, NE

“To the Kaupp family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I just visited with Mickey a few weeks ago outside of Mr. G's. I will miss his friendliness...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: JaNell Hitchcock Gnirk - Sterling, ND

“Miss you already.....May you rest in peace and watch over us day and night! ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tara - Beresford, SD - Niece

“Micky has always been there for me. I could always count on him. Will miss micky alot. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Rachel Keune - Gillette, WY

“My prayers for the family, he will be missed. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Gloria Rohner (Serr) - Buffali, WY

“So many wonderful memories with my Uncle Mickey...wanting to go everywhere with him when I was little, letting me drive the pickup in the pastures,...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Brandy Engelmeyer - Redfield, SD

“My heartfelt condolences to your family ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Barbara Hannahs (SERR) - WA

“Many great memories with Mickey. He will be deeply missed! ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Chelsey - Ainsworth, NE


Michael (Mickey) Lonnie Kaupp was born December 19, 1951 at Gregory, SD to Oswald J. and Ellen Leona (Gomke) Kaupp. He grew up on the ranch south of Gregory and attended grade school at Pleasant View #53, graduating from Gregory High School in 1970. Mike was baptized and confirmed in the Union Congregational Church. He was a member of the Ramis Ramblers 4-H Club and the I.O.O.F. Lodge.

Michael was a cowboy at heart, breaking and riding many horses. He worked for several farmers and local businesses throughout the area for the last several years.

"Muncle Ickey" (a nickname given to him by his oldest niece, with the other nieces and nephews following suit) enjoyed spending time with them. He was also well known by many other children of the community.

Throughout the years, Mickey enjoyed darts, softball, and playing cards. However his last few years, Mike spent a majority of his free time having coffee with the guys. In fact, he was often known as the "blue pickup guy" at Mr. G's by those that didn't have the honor of knowing him personally. Since he lived only a short distance from Carlock, that is where you could find him on a Saturday night.

Mickey passed away at his home on October 19, 2015 at the age of 63 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Curtis, four uncles, and two aunts.

Surviving to mourn his passing are his sisters and brothers, Sandra (Darrell) Jones, Gregory, SD, David (Rita) Kaupp, Gregory, SD, Rachel (Fred) Keune, Gillette, WY, William Kaupp, Gregory, SD, Linda Kaupp, Gregory, SD, Christine (Marlyn) Kaupp, Burke, SD, Charlotte (Gary) Engelmeyer, Brookings, SD, Diane (Herman) Rolf, Gregory, SD, Marsha Kaupp, Mitchell, SD, and Lori Kaupp, Gregory, SD. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, one aunt Mary Kaupp, Springview, NE, and several cousins.

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Memorial services for Michael Kaupp of Gregory were held Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Union Congregational Church in Gregory with Pastor Russ Grim officiating. A prayer service was held Friday evening at the church.

Leon and Lisa Kerner were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by DeNalda Fortuna, organist and Jeanie Kotrba, pianist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace" and "Just as I Am." Geoff Smith, soloist sang "Precious Lord Take My Hand," "On the Wings of a Dove," "One Day at a Time."

Honorary Urn Bearers were all of Mickey's coffee buddies.

Inurnment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.